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Re: I passed my driving exam on Monday (tips to share)

Thanks a million for the tips, I am in the same situation you were in, in the Canton Valais.
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Re: I passed my driving exam on Monday (tips to share)

I'm going to have my test in a few days and been really anxious , your post is boosting my confidence.thx
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Re: I passed my driving exam on Monday (tips to share)

Those who gave their practical exams recently, care to share the tips?
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Re: I passed my driving exam on Monday (tips to share)

Congratulations on passing!

I will be taking my exam on July and I hope I do well. I have my dad (Swiss) teaching me on weekends but will visit a driving instructor for 1-2 lessons.

So far the tips that I'm taking into consideration from my family and friends who are driving here:

- When the driving instructor tells you to make an emergency stop, look behind you and really BREAK. If it's a soft brake he won't like it.
- If the speed limit says "60" you can only drive up to 60.. there is no minimum speed limit in Switzerland but drivers here can be very aggressive if you drive slower.
- If speed limit is 30 or 20, really go until that. Places like this are usually residential areas or school areas and if you speed up more than that and get caught you could get a really bad fine.
- Give a go sign to pedestrians when they are crossing


I'm still reading for more tips on threads here and hope that I get enough practice to pass!
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Old 18.05.2016, 16:10
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Re: I passed my driving exam on Monday (tips to share)

My daughter got so tense in her exam, that the instructor told her to pull over until she'd calmed down. Convinced that she'd failed, she then drove very well and was stunned at the end to be told she'd passed! It seems that if they think you're safe, unless you do something really stupid (like exceed the speed limit or don't stop for pedestrians on the crossing), you'll pass. If they think you're not safe, they will fail you.
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Congratulations on passing!

I will be taking my exam on July and I hope I do well. I have my dad (Swiss) teaching me on weekends but will visit a driving instructor for 1-2 lessons.

So far the tips that I'm taking into consideration from my family and friends who are driving here:

- When the driving instructor tells you to make an emergency stop, look behind you and really BREAK. If it's a soft brake he won't like it.
- If the speed limit says "60" you can only drive up to 60.. there is no minimum speed limit in Switzerland but drivers here can be very aggressive if you drive slower.
- If speed limit is 30 or 20, really go until that. Places like this are usually residential areas or school areas and if you speed up more than that and get caught you could get a really bad fine.
- Give a go sign to pedestrians when they are crossing


I'm still reading for more tips on threads here and hope that I get enough practice to pass!

Once you do get your license and have a few months under your belt, go to skidschool.
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Old 18.05.2016, 16:20
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Re: I passed my driving exam on Monday (tips to share)

My daughter is learning to drive and although we have taken her driving several times and is she extremely competent, we think it would be a good idea to have a few "official" lessons before her test in order to practice set manoevres etc. That beggars the question, do they have such manoevres here; 3-point turn, reverse parking, reverse round a corner, hill-start etc?
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My daughter is learning to drive and although we have taken her driving several times and is she extremely competent, we think it would be a good idea to have a few "official" lessons before her test in order to practice set manoevres etc. That beggars the question, do they have such manoevres here; 3-point turn, reverse parking, reverse round a corner, hill-start etc?
Yes. I did mine a few years ago and I was taught all of the manoeuvres you mentioned and more e.g. reversing on the opposite lane (such that you travel in the same direction as the traffic in that lane), parking on a slope, etc.
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Old 18.05.2016, 16:49
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That beggars the question, do they have such manoevres here; 3-point turn, reverse parking, reverse round a corner, hill-start etc?
and parallel parking.

Yes. At one point during the test the examinor may say, now do that. Important for parking: it means to shut of the engine and securing the car from rolling down a hill.

You can find some input in the Leitfaden Fahrlehrer Fachgruppe 7
http://www.asa.ch/de/Webshop/Ausbild...ratis-Download
It is only 98% up to date. But those 2% should not lead to a fail. (No guratantee on that, it is should not will.)

You can find what it is tested by law here:
https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...dex.html#app12

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Yes. I did mine a few years ago and I was taught all of the manoeuvres you mentioned and more e.g. reversing on the opposite lane (such that you travel in the same direction as the traffic in that lane), parking on a slope, etc.
O.k. this is maybe the one which fails you the test. Since January 1 2016 reversing for prolonged distance is only allowed if turning is impossible or you can not travel further.
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and parallel parking.
Important for parking: it means to shut of the engine and securing the car from rolling down a hill.
You probably know that already but here, they recommend that you put the car in (first) gear. Then the usual pulling of the handbrake, and turning the front wheels towards the kerb so that if the car starts to roll, the front wheels hit the kerb and stop turning.
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O.k. this is maybe the one which fails you the test. Since January 1 2016 reversing for prolonged distance is only allowed if turning is impossible or you can not travel further.
Thanks for informing me. I was not aware of that.
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Old 18.05.2016, 18:10
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- Give a go sign to pedestrians when they are crossing
That's interesting. I was taught never to give a signal to a pedestrian indicating that it's ok for them to cross, as you're not in the best position to see other dangers and they might just take your indication as a sign that it's safe to cross.

Equally, as a pedestrian, I'd ignore a driver who indicated it was safe to cross.

But I'd give a nod of thanks as I crossed.
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Old 18.05.2016, 18:25
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Re: I passed my driving exam on Monday (tips to share)

The other day I had a girl tell me that she'd failed because, while being exaggeratively cautious, she drove too slow (80kph) on motorway in a pouring rain.

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Re: I passed my driving exam on Monday (tips to share)

Once you have passed your standard driving test you are well advised to start practicing for your advanced driver training.

In Switzerland this includes:
- driving at 130kmh 20cm from the car in front
- reading 20minuten at 90kmh, 10cm from the car in front, through a tunnel
- overtaking round a blind corner on a road you travel daily



And besides, I though the sure fire way to pass your driving test was to wear a short skirt and a low cut top.

Although someone should have informed Dougal that was for women only
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Re: I passed my driving exam on Monday (tips to share)

I passed last month. I made the following mistakes
- I passed the cross-road with priority on the right a bit fast (I did turn my head to look but I should drive slower)
- I entered the motorway not fast enough (70 kph). He asked to be at least 80kph
- The motorway was crowded and a was hesitate to overtake a car on the right side (it is allowed to do that)

Other than that, I think that I was doing good with pedestrian crossing, traffic light and speed in general.

There is a rumor that it is easier to pass if one go to the test with the instructor (he just take you there, meet the examinator, but not sitting in the car when the test takes place. I have no comment about this but I have my instructor with me on that day.
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That's interesting. I was taught never to give a signal to a pedestrian indicating that it's ok for them to cross, as you're not in the best position to see other dangers and they might just take your indication as a sign that it's safe to cross.
It is very important to not make any gestures encouraging to pass the crossing, especially to children, because one's view from car might be obstructed and one cannot hear other cars either. The situation awareness is much better from the point of view of a pedestrian.
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Avoid the BIGGIE mistakes which would fail you immd , some of them being -
Pedestrian priority on Zebra crossings
Children and cycle awareness
red light
Right priority
Mastering round-abouts
driving over a bold line(even if it's a bus-stop line)
Indicate

Other than this, they do want you to do the following -
driving confidently and quickly
Not slowing down others
check your checking rear view mirrors at Signal stops, while pulling out(snigger snigger)
Indicating at the correct time , when changing lanes
Be clear in your intentions, to/for the other cars around

Always do what you're supposed to/expected to do.
eg - Do not stop/slow down as a 'kind gesture' to allow a pedestrian to cross where there is no Zebra crossing

Also, Slow down soon AFTER you reach the exit lane on highways, not on the highway itself. Exits are made for this purpose.
Similarly, Speed up to the prevailing speed limit, on the entry/merging lane, BEFORE reaching the actual highway. Not after you reach it. Merging lanes are made for this purpose !!
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It is very important to not make any gestures encouraging to pass the crossing, especially to children, because one's view from car might be obstructed and one cannot hear other cars either. The situation awareness is much better from the point of view of a pedestrian.
I've just asked the most recent members of my family to pass their tests. If someone is waiting to cross, you must stop. If they don't move, you may not drive off unless you establish for sure that they're not actually crossing. That may require some kind of communication.

Worse is pedestrians indicating to cars that they continue. Especially when I'm crossing from the other side... Again, the rule is - if someone is waiting to cross, cars must stop.

It's a very good idea to have a few professional lessons and a mock test before the real thing.
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O.k. this is maybe the one which fails you the test. Since January 1 2016 reversing for prolonged distance is only allowed if turning is impossible or you can not travel further.
Here a bit more details on the topic and what may still be tested in the exam.

Sorry it is in German.

https://www.so.ch/verwaltung/bau-und...kwaertsfahren/

A prolonged distance is for sure more than 50 meter. just in case the examiner ask about what prolonged distance means in respect of reversing. (If tested in a court it may be even less)
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